Liam Smith by no means gave any thought to the betting odds significantly in favor of Chris Eubank Jr.
The previous WBO 154-pound titlist was equally dismissive of any claims that he couldn’t ultimately break the second-generation middleweight. Smith did simply that, as he dropped and stopped Eubank within the fourth-round of their middleweight battle final Saturday at AO Enviornment in Manchester, England. A barrage of punches, accentuated by a left hookercut as he had Eubank cornered, led to the bout’s first knockdown earlier than ultimately forcing a stoppage.
“They stated [Eubank] can’t be harm. That was one of the best ways to reply it,” Smith stated in the course of the post-fight press convention following the high-profile win. ”You get hit with the gloves on, on the proper spot, you’re gone—regardless of how good your chin is.”
“Clearly it was in nice style I’ve simply beat him in.”
The satisfying ending got here after a contentious battle week that noticed each fighters get extraordinarily private of their insults hurled in direction of the opposite. Smith (33-3-1, 20KOs) was a +240 betting underdog in line with bet365 sportsbook, and a good better longshot at +900 to win inside the space.
A stoppage victory of any form—a lot much less early within the battle—was among the many least common pre-fight predictions. Eubank (32-3, 23KOs) was by no means beforehand down as a professional and was believed to have inherited the granite chin boasted by his father Chris Sr., a former two-division titlist and integral a part of the Nineteen Nineties British boxing growth.
It modified straight away for the 33-year-old Brighton-based contender, who was floored twice within the fateful fourth spherical. The second knockdown was met with an instantaneous, well-timed stoppage name by referee Victor Loughlin.
““I used to be assured that I might beat Chris Eubank ten weeks in the past, two weeks in the past, yesterday (Friday) and right this moment (Saturday),” famous Smith. “It was only a prime case of what received stated all week—Chris’ chin is nice. It was like Chris might by no means be harm,” “So, it baffled me a number of occasions. I’ve stated all alongside, I don’t assume Chris has received an ideal chin.”
Smith is now using a four-fight win streak, all inside the space together with two straight at middleweight.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox